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converting a 4wd to a 2 wd

hey everyone i have a 2006 ford ranger and i want to get rid of the 4x4 and make it 2wd for a prerunner set up can i just use 2wd spindles but i dont know what parts to take off please help thanks
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Sounds like you should have got a 2WD in the first place.

A good place to start is to get a 2WD drive shaft and take the t-case and front drive shaft out.

Then I'm not sure how the rest will go
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i wonder if i can keep the t case and the drive shaft in there but get rid of the the 4wd where it connects to the spindles and put 2wd ones
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just trade me for my 2wd lol
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i wonder if i can keep the t case and the drive shaft in there but get rid of the the 4wd where it connects to the spindles and put 2wd ones
I don't really know what you mean but I think you're talking about the outer shafts on the front axle?

I'm not sure you can w/o taking the whole shafts out.

It's not gonna be easy either way
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yeah the outer shafts take those out and leave the other stuff in there but its a pain then ill just leave it alone
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the outer shafts where they connect to the spindles take those out and use 2wd spindles from my brothers edge
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just steal your brother 2WD EDGE
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Converting 4WD to 2WD.... leave the switch in 2WD... done.
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Find someone with a 2wd edge and trade the parts, then your both happy...lol
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^^^I like how John thinks!



You can get by by doing this.....remove front axle, remove knuckles/bearings/cvshafts, remove rotors. Install 2wd EDGE spindles, bearings, rotors. Front = done. You'll still have that tcase sitting in there....2LOW ftw! lol.

Rear....to go all out, it's not gonna be very cheap. You'd need a tranny and a rear shaft. And to make it all look right, you'd need a somewhat rare radio bezel.



Resale values on these trucks suck....I suggest the 99cent mod: a bright orange forsale sign. 2wd trucks of similar year are alot cheaper to buy.
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Yeah you could sell your 4wd and buy a 2wd and the parts you want to mod it. Personlly I wouldn't do it at all, but it will beat butchering your current truck and pretty much eliminating any resale value for when you decide to buy a full size in 2 years.
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the reason why i wanna do this because i wanna use the camburg 6.0 kit the entry level then replace the shock with a coil over kit from orw
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Camburg 6.0 kit IS coil-over....
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sooo wtf is the whole idea behind the 4x4-2wd conversion if your gonna leave that heavy hunk of metal on the truck? Just get a 4x4 Long Travel kit.
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hey everyone i have a 2006 ford ranger and i want to get rid of the 4x4 and make it 2wd for a prerunner set up can i just use 2wd spindles but i dont know what parts to take off please help thanks
trade me your frame..lol i did the 4wd to 2wd conversion not because i wanted to
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you will need to remove the front differential, front drive shaft, change the knuckles out for some edge spindles that have the abs connection on them..if you are going full 2wd you need a new rear shaft 2wd transmission or convert your current one..you will also need to eliminate the computer that controls the 4wd..i will tell you this you are never going to sell that truck for much because you snatched the 4wd out and the vin reads its a 4wd just an fyi...i still have my t-case in my truck because eventually the plan is to sas it i just dont have the time place or funds to support my truck being down a while
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its just a thought and im not going to do it im just gonna keep the 4wd anyway
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i talked to a guy at camburg they are making a long travel 4wd kit for i think 98 to 08 ranger but they are working on the axles but everything else is built
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+1 for 4x4 long trvavel. No sense in removing the 4x4.
A good 2wd setup isn't going to be much different in cost than a 4x4 LT.
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yeah beside i like my 4wd because i dont get as stuck like my brother does haha so i have to pull him out some times
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yeah i know about it i just dont wanna pay $4000 for a long travel im kinda looking for mid travel
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All in all, you should prolly just lift it, get a prerunner style front bumper and / or get the prerunner fenders.

It will save you some money and still accomplish what you want.
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